Why do i need to cleanse my crystal?
Cleansing your crystal lightens its energy and ensures that it will vibrate its healing properties at the highest potential. When you learn how to recharge crystals it can enhance their healing properties and strengthen their ability to support your intention.
Whatever healing gemstone you may turn to it’s important to know that every stone should be cleansed regularly.
The reason that crystals are so effective in energy work is the same reason cleansing them is essential, crystals pick up energy. Cleansing your crystal resets its energy so it can support your intention to the highest of its properties. If you never clean your crystal, it will continue to store energy until it is no longer useful. A towel can wipe a mess clean, but if you never wash the towel, it will begin to add to the mess; crystals are similar. For a crystal to purify your energy, you have to first return the gesture, and cleanse its energy.
Here are some of the most common cleansing methods, how to align a crystal with your intention, and more.
Water neutralizes the negative energy stored in the stone and directs it back to the earth.
Rinse and stimulate your stones with water by placing them under directly under natural rainfall for 4 to 5 minutes. If it’s a dry season, you can also place your stones in a colander and run your stones under a tap for about 10 minutes.
Important to note: Water does have a physical force, so be sure to only clean hard stones such as amethyst, turquoise, or quartz with this method.
Sun or Moon light
Sunlight and moonlight can charge and clean your gemstone.
The sun will supply a newly harvested gemstone with yang solar energy that balances the stone’s innate yin energy it received from the earth during its creation. For stones that are susceptible to discoloration under the strong sun (such as amethyst, rose quartz or amber, you can opt to put them out at dawn for an hour.
Important to note: Moonlight is a more delicate (and non color-altering) method that is especially effective with a full moon. Because the moon is at its brightest and full potential when full, it can increase the stone’s vibrations.
You can use the elements of the earth by burying your stones underground for a full day. Let the earth soak up all the unwanted energies contained within the stones so they are cleansed and refreshed.
Sage is a sacred plant with a multitude of healing properties. Cleansing your stones energy with sage is called smudging.Sage burning, or smudging, is a sacred practice that can be traced back through many cultures, over thousands of years. The idea is that smoke is purifying because it captures the “bad energy” and then “ascends to the heavens.”Smudging your stone is said to clear inharmonious vibrations and restore its natural energy. Sage is also said to be beneficial to clean the home/rooms of negativity energy.
a firesafe bowl
a lighter or matches
loose or bundled sage
If you’re unable to smudge outdoors, make sure you’re near an open window. This will allow the smoke and negative energy to disperse.
When you’re ready, ignite the tip of the sage with the flame. Transfer the sage to your nondominant hand and firmly grasp your stone and move it through the smoke.
Allow the smoke to envelop the stone for about 30 seconds. If it’s been a while since your last cleansing — or you feel the stone is holding onto a lot — consider smudging for an additional 30 seconds.